WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — Almost six months after two valuable vintage gas stations disappeared from a business on Jasper Street, the suspected thief is now in jail.
Christopher Ty Castro is jailed on a $10,000 bond for theft over $2,500 after his arrest on Wednesday, July 6 on a warrant issued February 8, 2022.
The theft was reported on January 12 in the 2700 block of Jasper. The owner said the signs were taken during the day, sometime between 1:30 p.m. and 5:20 p.m.
One 18-foot pole was taken along with the two large signs.
Two days later, a deputy with the Wichita County Sheriff’s Office contacted the Wichita Falls Police Department to report Texaco signs and pole had been located at a home on Peterson Road.
The resident there told police he buys and sells antiques and junk, and a Hispanic man named Ty had come to his shop about two days before and sold him the signs.
He said the man wanted $800 which was a bargain price because they normally sell for up to $8,000.
The officer connected Castro to the case because he was familiar with a subject named Ty from previous cases. Police showed a photo lineup to the buyer who picked Castro as the seller.
Castro has a lengthy arrest record including a pending case in which he is charged with aggravated assault for a shooting in 2020 on Burnett where he lived at the time.
Police say Castro was involved in an argument with an acquaintance and pulled a handgun and shot the victim in the upper leg.